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25-28 November 2014
The First Sochi International Forum for Tourism - SIFT.
XXI international tourist exhibition "RESORTS AND TOURISM. SEASON 2014-2015"
XV International specialized exhibition "HOTEL-RESTAURANT BUSINESS 2014"


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The city of Sochi - the main platform for domestic and inbound tourism in Russia!

Between 25 and 28 November 2014 in the Main Media Center of Sochi hosted the first International Tourism Forum.

The Forum took place:

  • 25-26 November - XXI International Tourism Exhibition "Resorts and Tourism.
    Season 2014-2015. "
  • 25-26 November - Congress' internal and inbound tourism. Problems and Prospects ".
  • 26, 27, 28 November - a full-scale familiarization study tours on objects updated Sochi.

The organizers of the Forum and Exhibition: The administration of Sochi and JSC «SOUD-Sochi Exhibitions".

Congress Coordinator: National Tour Operator "Alian" (Moscow).

Coordinator of tours: Tour Operator TBA "Aelita" (Sochi).

The Forum was held with the support of: Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation, the Russian Union of Travel Industry, the Russian Hotel Association, the Krasnodar Territory Administration, Commerce and Industry of Krasnodar Region, the Chamber of Commerce of Sochi, the Association of Tour Operators of Russia.

The solemn opening ceremony was attended by:

  • OP Safonov, Acting Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism;
  • AN Pakhomov, Mayor of Sochi resort;
  • Kudelya EV, Minister of Tourism and Resorts of the Krasnodar Territory;
  • Krivonosov SV, Deputy of the State Duma, Chairman of the Subcommittee on entrepreneurship, tourism and affairs of Crimea, Chairman of the expert council on domestic and inbound tourism in Russia;
  • Zakharchenko Yu, Director General of JSC «SOUD-Sochi Exhibitions".

He congratulated the participants and guests to the beginning of the event and a Happy New Year to the main Santa Claus of our country from the Great Ustyug.

After the end of the opening ceremony of the official members of the delegation got acquainted with the exposition and talked with its members.

In 1130, a plenary session of the "Domestic tourism. Problems and Prospects. Government regulation ", which was attended by a moderator - Alexander Eliseev, Managing Director of the TV channel Russian Travel Guide TV, as speakers: OP Safonov - Acting Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism; Pakhomov AN - The head of Sochi, Kudelya EV - The minister of resorts and tourism of Krasnodar region; Krivonosov SV - Deputy of the State Duma, Chairman of the Subcommittee on entrepreneurship, tourism and the Crimean Affairs, Chairman of the expert council on domestic and inbound tourism in Russia; Barzykin YA - Vice-president of the Russian Union of Travel Industry.

One of the central themes of the meeting was the large-scale development of domestic tourism in Russia. "Throughout the world, it is the domestic and inbound tourism are the basis of tourism. Unfortunately, for more than 20 years of existence of the new Russian tourism is largely perceived and promote it as a tourism exit. But this, if you want to, the export of capital, export of capital. We want tourism to our country performing the function of economic development, "- said the acting head of the Federal Agency for Tourism, OP Safonov

The meeting discussed topical issues of Russian tourism industry and their solutions. The event was attended by students as 472 people.

Guests of the exhibition and the congress was about 5000 people from all regions of Russia
(Southern Federal District - 76%, the Central Federal District - 12%, RPO - 4%, the Northwestern Federal District - 2% and 1% - Far East Federal District, Siberian Federal District, Urals Federal District, Volga Federal District, North Caucasus Federal District), as well as Turkey, Abkhazia, Vietnam and the UK. 85% of visitors - industry experts. The exposition was developed on 6000 sq.m. new modern exhibition complex of the Main Media Center, they visited more than 20 events of the business program of the Congress.

An important part of the presentation of the Forum began familiarization study tours of the renovated facilities in Sochi. The purpose of the project - to show the new Sochi, give the opportunity to see everything with my own eyes.

321 rounds participant who came from all over Russia and abroad, lived in a newly built and updated hotels, familiarized with the tourism opportunities of Sochi on 5 main areas:

  • Mountain cluster ( "Mount");
  • Coastal cluster ( "sea");
  • spa complex sanatorium ( "Treatment and recovery");
  • resources for corporate events and large-scale events ( «MICE»);
  • city-resort attractions ( "Sightseeing and excursions").

The Mayor of Sochi, Anatoly Pakhomov expressed the general opinion of the importance of the tourist forum for the development of domestic tourism in our country: "We really need a forum - and to participate in the exhibition, and to discuss the problems of the industry. Forum - a platform where you can get all sorts of suggestions, to identify and discuss the shortcomings of the current situation in the industry and jointly identify ways to solve the above problems. "

The following year, the International Tourism Forum in Sochi will take place from 26 to 28 November. Looking forward to seeing you again! See you in sunny Sochi!

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